Announcing Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Tatiana Sadak

Tatiana Sadak

Dr. Tatiana Sadak (she/her) PhD, PMHNP, ARNP, RN, FAAN, has been offered and has accepted an appointment as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle. The appointment is subject to approval by the Provost and Regents.

“I’m very pleased to have Dr. Sadak assume this key position at the School of Nursing,” said School of Nursing Dean Dr. Azita Emami, who made the appointment at the recommendation of a search committee. “It is a position that has an enormous impact on the quality of education, and the entire student experience, from the time a person inquires about becoming a student to the time they graduate. Dr Sadak’s office will have the responsibility for creating a safe, welcoming environment in which every student feels comfortable, confident, valued, and excited about being part of the nation’s leading public university school of nursing.”

In addition to shaping the student experience, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs has responsibility for the School of Nursing’s all-important accreditation and compliance requirements. Dr. Sadak will also oversee the School’s new Office of Clinical Placements.

“Dr. Sadak’s leadership will help us continue as a national and global leader in nursing education while expanding our ability to educate the nurses Washington state needs to provide equitable access to healthcare in rural and urban areas throughout the state,” said Dean Emami. “

During her 12 years at the UW School of Nursing, Dr. Sadak has done groundbreaking research on dementia and created the Dementia Palliative Education Network (DPEN), which is changing the way in which nurses are educated about caring for those with neurodegenerative diseases. The excellence of her work has been recognized in many ways, including by being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a distinguished educator, a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Fellow, and a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar. Dr. Sadak has previously served as the School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate program director, giving her deep insight into the challenges and possibilities of the School of Nursing curriculum at all degree levels.

“It is rare to find someone with a combination of strong administrative and academic abilities,” said Dean Emami. “We were very fortunate to have an internal candidate with the ideal combination of knowledge, experience, and administrative skills. With the appointment of Dr. Sadak, we gain a leader who has exceptional abilities and a demonstrated record of excellence and achievement.”